Southport Reporter (R) Bourder
Southport & Mersey Reporter - Mobile

Click on here to go to latest edition's main page.

  Search Edition Archive  

Visit our online shop...

   

Click on to go to our hub website.

Latest Edition   Archive   Shop   Email   Mersey Reporter
Please support our advertiser below...

For more recommended businesses click on here...

Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-30-12

-en Southport & Mersey Reporter

Local News Report  - Mobile Page

 

IS YOUR CALL A REAL EMERGENCY???

WHILE everyone has been enjoying their turkey and mince pies and relaxing with loved ones, for North West Ambulance Service staff, it has been business as usual with thousands of incidents responded to over the festive period.  The Trust answered 4,111 emergency calls and attended 3,178 incidents on Christmas Day alone and this figure has increased on subsequent days as the Trust urges the public to only call in the case of real emergencies.

Director of Operations, Ged Blezard comments:- "This Christmas has been one of our busiest ever and there are no indications that activity is going to reduce as we head towards New Year's Eve; traditionally always our busiest day. On 27 December 2017, we were astounded to see that our control staff had answered 5,491 emergency calls and we know that not all of these required an emergency ambulance response. Unfortunately, there have been some patients who have been waiting longer than we would like, but I want to assure the public that we are doing the very best we can to reach people as quickly as possible, but if your condition is not urgent, you will wait some time for a response or be given advice on other healthcare options."

The sudden cold snap currently being experienced in the region is also likely to increase activity as those with heart and lung conditions need our help. Add to this, ice on the roads means treacherous driving conditions, bringing about an increase in road traffic collisions and also slows down Ambulances as they can't travel as quickly as usual.  Ged adds:- "Please do check on elderly and infirm friends, relatives or neighbours, make sure their homes are adequately heated and they have the medications they need. For coughs, colds and sore throats, seek advice from your pharmacist. Ambulances must be kept free for those in urgent or life threatening conditions and should not be used as a quick route into Hospital. Our staff in the call centres and out on the roads are working incredibly hard at the moment and doing the best they can for patients but we also need the public's help in making the right call."

As New Year's Eve approaches, NWAS is also reminding people to act responsibly. Ged Explains:- "On this night we see an increase in assault and alcohol related injuries and these are avoidable if people take some simple steps... eat well, don't drink to excess and wear warm clothing when out and about. No 1 wants to see in the New Year with a headache and bruises."

Between 23 December and 27 December 2017, NWAS call centres received the following calls. Ambulances were not despatched and callers were advised on seeking help elsewhere:-

►  Cracked tooth; Greater Manchester.
►  Soiled self; Greater Manchester.
►  Constipation; Merseyside.
►  Had cold symptoms for a week; Merseyside.
►  Sinus infection; Lancashire.
►  Had a cough for 3 months; Merseyside.
►  Sore throat and a cough, only started in the morning; Cheshire.
►  Need a repeat prescription; Lancashire.
►  Can't stop hiccupping; Merseyside.
►  Burnt finger 6 days ago, still swollen; Greater Manchester.
►  Swallowed toothpaste the day before, got a stomach ache now; Greater Manchester.
►  Chipped tooth - Lancashire.

 

News Report Page Quick Flick.

Click on here to go to the mobile menu page for this edition. News Report Page Quick Flick
 

Read this page.

Southport Reporter (R) Bourder


  


 

 

 RSS Our Weekly Headlines

 


(+44)  08443 244 195
Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.
 

4a Post Office Ave, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0US, UK

 

Click on to see our Twitter Feed.  Click on to see our Facebook Page.  Click on to follow our LinkedIn Profile. This website is licence to carry news from Vamphire.com and UK Press Photography. 

This is our media complains system...

We are regulated by IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the UK's press.

How to make a complaint
Complaints Policy
Complaints Procedure
Whistle Blowing Policy

 



Southport Reporter® is the
Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope

...